Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Tar Edition
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"Okay, so I've learned that Keller is a problem person not only to Sam but to Rexford as well. So I have to ask... why would Rexford entrust the entire peacekeeping force of the Underground that was originally designed for violent takeover to... well... anyone, really?
Relatedly, if Rexford truly intends for no one to ever visit the Pit under any circumstance, why doesn't he attempt to destroy pit codes?" -Claire
These are both fun questions, so I thought I'd answer them both!
I don't think Keller is inherently a problem person for Rexford, any more so than the rest of the Committee. He's just one of the more ambitious members, and one who would be particularly tempted by the tar. But neither of these things would be issues if he hadn't just learned about Rexford's darkest secrets and rule-breaking past.
As for the Erasers... Keller may currently be occupying Mafia HQ, but I don't think he was entrusted with the Buddy Bots. They were almost certainly escorted away to continue working directly for the Erasers. The Erasers don't take orders from any particular member, but Keller has been able to rally a force of them here because he's caught Rexford violating Committee Status Quo laws. They're there because Rexford is a Class 1 Status Quo violator, not because of Keller's personal ambitions.
As for your second question, I think even Rexford never had enough clout to convince all the other members to destroy their codes. They're kind of central to the Committee's structure... prized possessions that symbolizes the theoretical equality of the members, and their superiority over outsiders. It is possible that Rex may have destroyed physical copies of his own number... but unless he also forgot it entirely, that wouldn't have stopped Brain from stealing it from his dino noggin.
"Will we ever see the Blankfaces from Rexford's flashback again? You mentioned that this iteration of blankfaces went unnamed, but we could headcanon. I like the idea of Mr. Cross and Mr. Plus, because it fits in with the thematic "opposites" and appearances that you've done so far, and I feel like the white one always seems stiff (perhaps he's a little "cross?") and the black one seems more excitable (like he's looking on the "plus" side). " -Brian